Prof Chakrapani Ghanta was serving Dr BR Ambedkar Open University as Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences before he assumed the Office of TSPSC as its First Chairman on December 18, 2014. Prof. Chakrapani Ghanta is a noted Sociologist and well known freelance writer, journalist and media analyst from Telangana. Born in Karimnagar District, Chakrapani completed his Post Graduation (MA) in Sociology, Post Graduation in Mass Communication and Journalism (MCJ) and Ph.D., in Sociology from Osmania University, Hyderabad. He carries with him 24 years of active teaching and research experience in Sociology, Human Rights and Journalism.
Prof. Chakrapani started his career as a journalist in 80s and later in early 90s he shifted to teaching by joining the Department of Sociology, Kakatiya University as a Lecturer. Later, he joined BRAOU as Assistant Professor of Sociology in March 1994, became Professor in 2009 and for his meritorious services the Government of Telangana conferred him the Best Teacher Award for the year 2014.
Prof. Chakrapani has a rich administrative experience at University level. He served as the Registrar, Dean Faculty of Social Sciences, Director, Centre for Staff Training and Development and Head of Department at Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Open University. He held numerous academic positions with credit worthy initiatives. Developed and coordinated new academic programmes and designed several courses in different fields like Sociology, Political Science, Human Rights, Women Studies, Mass Media and other Social Sciences. His fellowships and academic distinctions include Fellow, India China Institute, New York, Senior Fellow, JAPSS, USA, European Commission, Austria, Member, Sahitya Academy etc.
He successfully completed three projects on Education and Social Empowerment for Distance Education Council (DEC), Training Manual on Negotiating Skills for Self Help Groups of South Asia for ILO and Globalisation and Environment for SAFLI. He has several scholarly publications to his credit. He has published thirteen books, eleven chapters in books, twenty two articles in national and international journals. He has organised eight national and international seminars, workshops and conferences. He has attended ten international and forty two national seminars with erudite paper presentations and visited the USA, Canada, Brazil, South Africa, China, Germany, Italy, France, Austria and Singapore on academic assignments.
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